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2017 - 2018 Acura MDX

2017 - 2018 Acura MDX
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The updated Acura MDX has finally made its long-awaited debut at the New York Auto Show

Around since the 2001 model year, the Acura MDX is a very hot commodity and has been a huge success, proving to be one of the best-selling three-row luxury crossovers of all time, and has historically sat below the Lexus RX as the best-selling luxury crossover. It’s been through two generational shifts with the third-gen model making its debut for the 2015 model year and was facelifted just a couple of years later, to bring about the new diamond pentagon grille, LED headlamps, LED taillights, and an updated AcuraWatch safety system that includes automatic collision braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, all as standard equipment. Its exterior style to cues from the Acura Precision Concept and the Acura NSX, the latter of which also inspired the drivetrain found in the hybrid model.

The MDX has had pretty steady sales since the third-gen model was introduced, with 2014 accounting for 65,603 units sold, 2015 accounting for 58,208 units, and 2016 accounting for 55,495 units. Those are U.S. numbers only, and this is a global model so you can imagine the global sales are significantly higher. As we move into 2018, Acura continues to set the pace as a leader in the segment by bringing about an updated infotainment system, some new exterior colors, and a new pricing point that is a bit higher than it was for 2017, but not by much and well worth it considering what you get from a luxury brand like Acura. Check out our full review below to learn all about the facelifted, third-gen MDX.

Update 9/19/2017: Acura has released pricing for the 2018 model year, and there are a couple of updates to talk about as well. Check out our review below to learn all about it.

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2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show

2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show

Fuh getta bout it

We saw loads of good stuff at the New York International Auto Show this year, including a variety of sultry luxury machines like the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and Audi RS5 Sportback, not to mention the stunning new Essentia EV GT concept from Genesis. However, as is inevitable these days, we found plenty of less-than-desirable debuts as well, five of which we’ve listed here for your communal derision.

Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

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Acura MDX A-Spec Looks Sportier, Lacks the Extra Power

Acura MDX A-Spec Looks Sportier, Lacks the Extra Power

Where’s the performance, Acura?

Redesigned in 2013, the Acura MDX received a comprehensive facelift in 2016 that changed its appearance quite dramatically. Come 2018, and the premium brand is trying to keep the SUV fresh with a new, sportier variant called A-Spec. Part of a series of new trim levels that also includes the ILX and TLX, the MDX A-Spec just made its official debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

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2017 - 2018 Acura MDX

2017 - 2018 Acura MDX

The updated Acura MDX has finally made its long-awaited debut at the New York Auto Show

Around since the 2001 model year, the Acura MDX is a very hot commodity and has been a huge success, proving to be one of the best-selling three-row luxury crossovers of all time, and has historically sat below the Lexus RX as the best-selling luxury crossover. It’s been through two generational shifts with the third-gen model making its debut for the 2015 model year and was facelifted just a couple of years later, to bring about the new diamond pentagon grille, LED headlamps, LED taillights, and an updated AcuraWatch safety system that includes automatic collision braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, all as standard equipment. Its exterior style to cues from the Acura Precision Concept and the Acura NSX, the latter of which also inspired the drivetrain found in the hybrid model.

The MDX has had pretty steady sales since the third-gen model was introduced, with 2014 accounting for 65,603 units sold, 2015 accounting for 58,208 units, and 2016 accounting for 55,495 units. Those are U.S. numbers only, and this is a global model so you can imagine the global sales are significantly higher. As we move into 2018, Acura continues to set the pace as a leader in the segment by bringing about an updated infotainment system, some new exterior colors, and a new pricing point that is a bit higher than it was for 2017, but not by much and well worth it considering what you get from a luxury brand like Acura. Check out our full review below to learn all about the facelifted, third-gen MDX.

Update 9/19/2017: Acura has released pricing for the 2018 model year, and there are a couple of updates to talk about as well. Check out our review below to learn all about it.

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

The MDX gets a battery pack and some extra output!

Acura first presented the third-generation MDX in production form at the 2013 New York Auto Show, and it went into production just a month later in Lincoln, Alabama. Offered with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes use of variable cylinder management, and as a FWD vehicle in the U.S. for the first time, the MDX was ready to continue its battle in an overpopulated segment. But, to stay at the top of the food chain, the MDX has to remain as relevant and fresh as possible, which is why Acura gave it a fairly intensive facelift for the 2017 model year. As such, it’s more aggressive than ever and features Acura’s new Precision Grille on the outside while the interior took some minor changes to offer better refinement and space. Now, Acura is bringing an updated MDX Sport Hybrid to the market, and it offers a significant improvement in power over the range-topping, non-hybrid MDX.

To put it simply, the new MDX Hybrid uses the same three-motor setup that is found in the RLX Sport Hybrid and the Acura NSX and pushes the output for this new range-topper over the top with an extra 30 ponies and 40 percent better fuel economy in the city. That’s a pretty big deal for those of you who are concerned with fuel usage, and for those who want just a little extra oomph. The MDX Sport Hybrid is set to hit dealers starting in early April, so let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table before it gets there.

Continue reading to learn more about the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

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2017 Acura MDX – Driven

2017 Acura MDX – Driven

A new face for Acura’s hot-selling MDX

The Acura MDX has been roaming streets since the turn of the new millennium. It has held fairly strong sales numbers, with 2014 being its best year with 65,603 examples finding homes. That makes sense, as the 2014 model year marked the first year of the current generation. But sales have slowly slipped, with Acura only moving 49,252 MDX models in the first 11 months of 2016. However, the three-row crossover has a new hope – a heavily refreshed face for the 2017 model year.

The new MDX loses the unloved “shield” or “beak,” as some called it, trading it in favor of a pentagonal grille with a massive Acura logo affixed front and center. It takes after the Acura Precision Concept. A revised rear fascia and chrome rocker panels further add a level of luxury not present before.

Matching the updated looks are a slew of updated safety systems. AcuraWatch is now standard on every MDX and includes Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Thanks to these new systems, along with the LED headlights that scored an “Acceptable” rating with the IIHS, the MDX made the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ list for 2017.

The underpinnings continue almost unchanged, however, including the 3.5-liter V-6, nine-speed automatic transmission, and Acura’s available Super Handling AWD system. That’s not a big deal, as the V-6 continues to offer excellent power and efficiency. The i-VTEC and direct-injection 3.5-liter makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque while achieving 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined on models equipped with SH-AWD.

To get a feel of the refreshed 2017 MDX, Acura sent me an example to test for a week. I used it as a daily driver – chauffeuring the kid to school, picking up groceries, and making runs across town. Here are my thoughts and impressions.

Continue reading for the full driven review.

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2017 Acura MDX Quick Look: Rear Seats

2017 Acura MDX Quick Look: Rear Seats

MDX proves Acura can be family friendly

Acura has given its MDX three-row crossover a heavy refresh for the 2017 model year. Things inside haven’t changed much, but the MDX still sports a rather attractive interior that is also extremely functional. Case in point: the rear seats.

The 2017 MDX is parked in my driveway this week and I’ve fallen in love with how simple and user friendly the rear seat area is. Not only is there a ton of space for five people in the second and third rows, but getting into and out of them is extremely simple. Much of that is thanks to Acura’s electronic push-button fold and slide feature for the second row. Two buttons are given for the purpose – one down low within easy reach for kids and one up high near the shoulder support. Just press the button and the electronic latches disengage and the 60/40-split bench tilts and slides forward.

This gives ample access to the third row’s two-person seating. A gentile push moves the second row seat back into place, locking firmly into its floor tracks. What’s more, the action even works with a child seat attached to the LATCH system. Just be sure to take the baby out first. When it comes time to disembark, the passengers in the third row can easily push the high-mounted button on the second row’s seatback.

Comfort for second row passengers ranks high on the scale. The seatbacks can recline a good ways with the pull of manual lever mounted on the outboard of the seat base. Pull the lever with an empty seat, and the seat back folds forward to a flat loading area.

The third row also folds flat with a simple lever action. Even moms and dads who skip the gym can effortlessly raise the third row via the same grab handles. When flat, the MDX offers roughly 90 cubic feet of cargo room. Behind the third row, there is still slightly more than 15 cubic feet of room. A covered storage bin resides under the rear load floor and is the perfect place for random odds and ends. Acura did a really great job designing an easy to use seating arrangement and cargo area.

Also noteworthy, 2017 brings four 2.5-amp USB ports for quick charging of portable devices. Two reside below the second row’s HVAC controls on the rear of the center console. The other two are located inside the center console and next to a 1.5-amp USB port that connects to the infotainment system. There are five USB ports in total. It seems Acura understands the modern, connected customer.

Stay tuned for more spotlight reviews and a full driven review of the 2017 Acura MDX.

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2016 Acura MDX NSX GT3 Custom Trailer

2016 Acura MDX NSX GT3 Custom Trailer

Luxury brand designs next-generation racing trailer concept

the SEMA Show is the ultimate car show when it comes to modified vehicles and aftermarket parts and accessories, but it is also an opportunity to have some fun with various concepts. Acura is the latest firm to join this year’s event, but unlike other automakers that modified existing cars, it created a custom trailer for the NSX GT3 race car. The trailer is being towed by a matching, beefed-up MDX SUV, giving the NSX the perfect transportation vehicle for racing events across the United States.

A joint collaboration between Acura Design, led by Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director, and the Jimmy Shine Workshop, the trailer incorporates styling elements from both the NSX GT3 it’s supposed to carry and the MDX that provides the necessary motivation. The trailer is fully functional and was designed using the latest building techniques. But, even though it is promoted as a next-generation trailer, there’s no official word as to whether it will go into production. Most likely it won’t as Acura isn’t planning to offer such transportation assemblies anytime soon, but outsourcing the project to another firm in order to provide optional trailers to NSX GT3 customers could be on the table in the future.

But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this unique MDX and trailer combo and possibly the most advanced transportation platform we’ll see at SEMA this year.

Continue reading to find out more about the Acura MDX custom trailer.

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Acura Recalls 48,000 MDX And RLX For Braking Issues

Acura Recalls 48,000 MDX And RLX For Braking Issues

Acura is recalling nearly 50,000 MDX SUVs and RLX sedans over an issue affecting the emergency braking system, which can malfunction and apply the brakes without warning, putting the vehicle at risk of a collision. The recall was issued for the 2014 and 2015 model years and concerns vehicles sold worldwide.

The issue stems from Acura’s ironically named “Collision Mitigation Braking System,” which uses radar to scan the road ahead of the vehicle. When functioning properly, the system will apply the brakes when it detects an unavoidable collision with a slow moving or stationary object, decelerating the vehicle and lessening the likelihood of injuries and damage.

According to Honda, Acura’s parent company, it’s possible that the system in the recalled vehicles will malfunction when it detects a vehicle accelerating in front while simultaneously driving parallel to an iron fence or metal guardrail, unnecessarily applying the brakes and possibly causing a rear-end collision.

The issue first came to light in Japan in November of 2013 when an SUV outfitted with the CMBS unexpectedly braked, causing a rear-end collision. Honda moved to investigate, while a second, similar incident occurred in June of last year.

Honda subsequently managed to duplicate the issue, determined the cause, and informed safety regulators of the recall in May. So far, there have been no reports of warranty claims, incidents, or injuries in the U.S. connected with the malfunction, and dealers will update the system software free of charge.

Later versions of the system, which stop the vehicle altogether before a crash, are unaffected by the recall.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2014 - 2016 Acura MDX

2014 - 2016 Acura MDX

As we all know, the Acura MDX model that we saw in Detroit was only a prototype that gave prospective buyers "a strong indication of the styling and design direction for the third generation." Well, now that the 2013 New York Auto Show is upon us, the 2014 MDX has officially been unveiled in full-production form.

In all honesty, the prototype and the production models are very similar, but Acura basically just toned down the extreme stuff. Things like the LED bars on the front and rear bumpers are nixed. Additionally, Acura gave the front skirt a more traditional look; as opposed to the futuristic treatment it received in the prototype. From the side, the prototype and the production models are nearly indistinguishable, as they both carry almost the identical profile and the rims are identical.

One thing that we’re sure every Acura fan has been waiting for is the revealing of the new model’s interior. And Acura delivered the goods today.

Updated 02/03/2015: Acura announced prices and details for the 2016 MDX, a model that comes with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The model is now available at Acura dealerships at a starting price of $42,865.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2014-2015 Acura MDX.

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Top-5 7-Seat SUVs Under $50,000

Top-5 7-Seat SUVs Under $50,000

SUVs and crossovers became increasingly popular beginning in the 1990s. Few automakers have yet to join this profitable segment, while most manufacturers that offer such vehicles are elbows deep into providing the sportiness and chutzpah more and more customers are demanding nowadays, while struggling to keep up with the stringent fuel-consumption and CO2-emission regulations. Granted, SUVs are now more than just plain, slow vehicles designed to haul people or tackle the roughest off-road trails.

Need a sports car that rides higher than usual and can carry four people comfortably? Porsche is ready to take your check and deliver a Cayenne. If legroom is what interests you most, but you also need more than 500 ponies and an off-road capable rig, then you’re better off with the Range Rover LWB. You’d rather trade British elegance and German sportiness for some American bling? No problem, you’re the reason why Cadillac is building the Escalade. There’s no doubt these are all great machines, but they all come with at least one drawback, they’re awfully expensive.

That’s not to say there aren’t any affordable SUVs that can offer seating for seven people out there. There’s a handful of seven-seaters you can buy for less than $50,000 that still offer plenty of posh features. We put together a list comprising the cheapest luxury seven-seater SUVs you can buy for the 2015 model year. Check it out below and let us know which one would you pick as a daily driver.

Click past the jump to find out more about the Top 5 Luxury 7-Seater SUVs priced under $50,000.

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2014 Acura MDX - Driven

2014 Acura MDX - Driven

Acura has had a run of disappointments in recent years, particularly when I happened to receive the Acura TL in place of an RLX that had some "issues" preventing me from getting a fair shot at it. And it was little more than a Honda wrapped up in an Acura costume. In fact, my tester Accord had more features than it, but I digress. I am here to talk about the 2014 Acura MDX.

For 2014, Acura scrapped the old MDX body and slapped on some brand-new sheet metal with all sorts of sharp angles and gorgeous lines. No longer does it look like a Honda Pilot wearing a different mask. It honestly looks like something that belongs in the same class as the BMW X5 and Mercedes GL-Class — at least in the press images it does.

So you can imagine that I was pretty antsy to get my hands on it, and that was multiplied by my crappy experience with the TL. So, what did I think of the TL once I got my chance behind the wheel?

Click past the jump to read my full Driven Review and find out.

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2014 Acura MDX Prototype Teased Before Detroit Debut

Acura has been testing the next-generation MDX for quite some time now, but the official debut of the production version is still months away. Before we have the chance to see it on the market, Acura will debut the first prototype version in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.

The first teaser image, which Acura revealed today, shows that the prototype version will be feature a new "Aero Sculpture" design language that will affect both form and function. Expect the prototype’s alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines to be carried over in the production version.

Acura offered no details on the new MDX’s powertrain, but rumors say it will be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 310 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. There are also rumors about a hybrid powertrain which will combine a V-6 engine with three electric motors.

Full details on the 2014 Acura MDX prototype will be unveiled during the company’s press conference in Detroit. Stay tuned!

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Spy Shots: Acura MDX Comes Out of Hiding for Another Round of Testing

The next generation Acura MDX was first caught testing back in May 2012, but since then, nothing much has been heard about it or its new features. That is, until today, when our spy photographers were able to grab a few images of the future generation SUV as it rounded out a bit more testing. As you can see, the car is still heavily camouflaged, hiding just about everything, but we still expect to see big changes in the design of the future MDX, including some design elements from the RLX Concept.

The future Acura MDX will also be borrowing the engine line-up from the RLX, meaning customers will choose between two engines. The standard model will be powered by a V6 engine with about 300 HP, while a new hybrid model will feature the Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. In the RLX, this version delivers a total of 370 HP.

The Acura MDX will be out on the market in late 2013 as a 2014 model.

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2010 Acura MDX

2010 Acura MDX

Acura’s largest SUV is entering the 2010 model year with a new front and rear fascia, redesigned suspension and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The 2010 MDX will go on sale in September.

The 2010 MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total output of 300 hp and 270 lbs-ft of torque. Compared to the 2009 model, the new MDX has a fuel consumption of 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, a 1 mpg improvement. The engine is mated to a new sequential shift six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2010 MDX exterior gets a fresh new look as a result of Acura’s signature design front grille, a new front fascia, revised hood, new side sills, a new rear fascia matched with rolled edge polished stainless-steel exhaust finishers, revised taillights with brighter LED lights, many new trim pieces and available 19-inch diameter 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels.

Inside, the 2010 MDX benefits from the expanded use of Milano leather, a new thicker sport steering wheel with racing-inspired paddle shifters, new gauges, easier to understand button placement for center stack functions, available ventilated front seats and upgraded interior trim.

The 2010 MDX will go on sale on December 11. Prices will start at $42,230 for the MDX version and will go up to $53,755 for the MDX Advance & Entertainment Packages. There will be five different levels available in five trim packages including: the well-equipped MDX ($42,230); MDX with Technology Package ($45,905); MDX with Technology and Entertainment Packages ($47,805); MDX with Advance Package ($51,855); and MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages ($53,755).

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Acura MDX

2009 Acura MDX

For 2009, the MDX’s power rear tailgate feature is standard equipment with the Technology and Sport packages - previously the power rear tailgate was only available on the Entertainment Package. Additionally, the AcuraLink real-time traffic system includes an additional metropolitan market (Dayton, Ohio) and the MDX is offered in two new exterior colors- Bali Blue Pearl and Mocha Metallic.

The 2009 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 6,000 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The price for the 2009 MDX is: MDX, $40,790; MDX with Technology Package, $44,840; MDX with Technology Package and Entertainment Package, $46,590; MDX with Sport Package, $46,940; and MDX with Sport and Entertainment Packages, $48,690.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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2009 Acura MDX pricing announced

2009 Acura MDX pricing announced

Acura today announced pricing for the 2009 MDX luxury SUV. Prices are as follows: MDX, $40,790; MDX with Technology Package, $44,840; MDX with Technology Package and Entertainment Package, $46,590; MDX with Sport Package, $46,940; and MDX with Sport and Entertainment Packages, $48,690.

The 2009 MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a about 300 hp. The 2009 model is currently on sale.

Press release after jump.

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2007 Acura MDX

2007 Acura MDX

Produced from 2001 to 2006 model years, the original Acura broke new ground in the emerging luxury SUV segment. Taking its predecessor’s best qualities and radically expanding them, the all-new 2007 MDX pushes performance and sophistication in the luxury SUV segment to new levels. Benchmarked against some of the best performance SUVs in the world and tuned on the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, the new MDX clearly establishes itself as a driver’s SUV. Outfitted with Acura’s tenacious Super-Handling All-wheel Drive system and an available sport package with Active Damper System, the MDX yields a combination of handling and comfort that is truly on the cutting edge.

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Top 10 Best SUVs for 2007

Top 10 Best SUVs for 2007

Forbes has listed what they consider are the "Best" SUVs for 2007. For example Cadillac’s overhauled Escalade, which the company introduced in 2006, has the nicest interior of any American automobile.
Mercedes-Benz was quick to follow with tough competition for the Escalade: the plush, full-size, $53,000 GL-Class SUV, which saw 19,000 sales in 2006—a better performance than that of Mercedes’ more-affordable R-Class SUV.
The GL and the Escalade are among the best SUVs, but 2007’s (...)

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Top 10 most affordable luxury cars

Top 10 most affordable luxury cars

You want to buy a car, but you need both luxury and affordable one. And you start wondering: how much do i have to pay to have both this in my dream car. According to Business Week you can buy a luxury car paying between $30.000 and $60.000.
Mercedes-Benz’s two top sellers, for instance, are the C-Class and E-Class series sedans, both of which sold just shy of 45,000 units in the first 11 months of the year—far more than the company’s many other model lines. Those vehicles’ base prices range (...)

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2007 Acura MDX

2007 Acura MDX

The 2007 MDX is designed to compete withxury models like Lexus RX, Cadillac FX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti FX.
The MDX features a new 3.7-liter SOHC VTEC V6 with an output of 300 hp and 275 lbs-ft of torque.
Three option packages will be available when the car is on sale in allmost a month. The Sport package has active dampers, high-zoot leather and alloy wheels. The Technology package includes DVD Nav system with real-time traffic updates, rearview camera, and automatic climate control. The (...)

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2006 Acura MDX

2006 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX continues to be a leader in the luxury sport utility segment offering outstanding performance, upscale styling and an abundance of standard luxury features. For the 2006 model year, the MDX receives further refinements including enhanced interior trim for an even more stylish look. In addition, the MDX, like all 2006 Acura models will be covered by a six-year or 70,000 mile limited powertrain warranty in addition to the four-year or 50,000 mile standard limited bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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2007 Acura MD-X Concept

2007 Acura MD-X Concept

The Acura "MD-X Concept" luxury performance SUV made its world debut at the 2006 New York International Auto Show featuring bold, sleek exterior styling indicative of the next generation MDX production model.
"Every aspect of the MD-X Concept design conveys performance while still retaining SUV functionality," said John Mendel, senior vice president, auto operations. "The styling signifies a bold direction for the next generation MDX, both in appearance and (...)

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